Aggravated Battery is an enhanced form of battery with much more serious consequences. An aggravated battery conviction can negatively affect the rest of your life. Call the experienced Jacksonville criminal defense lawyers of Shorstein, Lasnetski, & Gihon today to discuss your aggravated battery case and what SLG Law can do for you.
Aggravated Battery is defined in Florida Statute Section 784.045. In order to prove that you committed an aggravated battery, the State must prove:
- You intentionally touched or struck the victim against his or her will, or
- you intentionally caused bodily harm to the victim, and
- in committing the battery, you
- intentionally or knowingly caused
- great bodily harm to the victim,
- permanent disability to the victim, or
- permanent disfigurement to the victim, or
- used a deadly weapon.
A "deadly weapon" is a weapon that is used or threatened to be used in a way likely to produce death or great bodily harm. So, if you stabbed a person in the eye with a pencil, it would be a deadly weapon. If you lightly hit the eraser edge against their forearm, it would not be a deadly weapon.
Aggravated Battery is a Second Degree Felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison.
The most common defense to aggravated battery is self defense. However, there are many other fact specific defenses. Give us a call to discuss the individual facts and possible defenses to your case.
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